A Siblings Witness
So far we’ve talked about accepting God as father & our obligation as his children. So in this so called spiritual family, how does all this somehow tie in together with family?
In many cases we’ve learned that family can test and hurt us. Our father has taken this into consideration. As his children we face it not just in our natural family but our spiritual as well. Church hurt being one of the most typical, although it’s not a great thing to encounter. I believe it’s all about perspective. We at times don’t fully understand God’s reasoning behind a lot. Jesus’ brothers in fact didn’t believe in him and this reminds me of a specific situation. In the Bible when Jesus was explaining parables to his disciples.
19 Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd. 20 And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.”
21 But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”
“Whoa” would be the reaction of some after hearing Christ speak that way; but in fact he was teaching a lesson to his disciples as well as his family members. All who hear and do the will of the father are adopted into this family. A group of believers, disciples in fact. Your church members, those whom you serve, grow and live along side are just as much your family as those whom you may share blood and or a last name with. These are in fact your brothers, sisters and mothers in Christ. We may not often see it that way but Christ confirms it here. In the same ways we spiritually share a cause together, we tend to share hurt, pain and disappointment with each other. It’s a lesson of love.
Jesus was having his last meal with the disciples, as he goes around the table he discussed who would betray him as well as deny him. His own disciples in whom he loved.
The same he called his brothers. In the midst he explained to them the new commandment.
31 So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. 32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately. 33 Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you. 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Little Children Christ gave to us:
A commandment that will be a great witness to us and those outside of our spiritual family. By simply loving those inside of the family.
“By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
So simple, yet we forget that as disciples and children of God. It’s our lifestyle, our mission and our witness to love one another within the household of faith as well as those outside. This shows our humility, unity and direct relationship with our Heavenly Father.
This is our witness.
“Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
Philippians 2:2-5 KJV
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